The concise Oxford companion to English literature
Oxford University Press, Aug 8, 2007 - Fiction - 804 pages
Based on the vastly popular Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble, this indispensable volume offers over five thousand alphabetically arranged entries on individual novels, plays, songs, poems, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, historians, fictional characters, literary movements, legends, and much more.
Like its parent volume, this abridgement features useful plot summaries, entries on important fictional characters, and countless biographical articles on authors and other influential figures in the world of letters, all presented with the same lightness of touch that has made the original work such a pleasure to read. Fully revised and updated, the third edition features dozens of new entries on writers ranging from literary giant Marcel Proust, to American writers Michael Cunningham, Harper Lee, and Cormac McCarthy, to rising British stars Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru, and Zadie Smith. Readers will now find concise, reliable accounts of postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard, literary critic Terry Eagleton, science fiction writer Douglas Adams, fantasy writer Philip Pullman, Jamaican poet Jean "Binta" Breeze, playwright Michael Poliakoff, and children's author J.K. Rowling. In addition, the edition includes updated appendices listing the winners of the Nobel, Booker, and Pulitzer prizes. There is also a new timeline, chronicling the development of literature from its origins right up to the present day.
With generous coverage of literature from around the world, entries on literary movements, critics, and critical theories, and updated information on modern authors and works, this is a book that readers will find indispensable. Written by a team of more than 140 distinguished contributors, headed by Margaret Drabble, it belongs on the shelves of all lovers of literature.
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Based on the sixth edition of the best-selling The Oxford Companion to English Literature, the second edition of this reference, which was first published in 1996, has been significantly revised and expanded to offer more current information on authors, literary movements, critical theory, genres, publishers, plays, poems, novels, plot summaries, characters, and more-even coffee houses. Of the 5500 alphabetically arranged entries, 600 are brand new and include topics like Anglo-Indian literature and new writers like Jim Crace and Pat Barker. While classical authors are thoroughly covered, foreign authors have not been given equal attention. Nabokov and Sartre, for example, are covered in much less detail than Oliver Goldsmith or Thomas Lodge. Other entries include two-page historical essays on such topics as Gothic fiction, Romanticism, detective fiction, and black British literature. In addition, an asterick (*) before an item indicates that a separate entry exists for that item, an abbreviated type of cross-reference designation. Novelist Drabble and Stringer, who has edited a number of Oxford references, have retained the style of the original but have condensed the longer articles as well as eliminated some of the marginal entries. The result is a more affordable version of the original resource that makes for an excellent addition to one's personal library and for ready-reference collections whether they be in information commons, dorm collections, or in branch libraries. Although there have been other references covering this topic (e.g., from Penguin and Longman), they are out of print and don't even come close to this title in terms of currency.-Marilyn Lary, North Georgia Coll. & State Univ. Lib., Dahlonega ...
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wonderful resource and reference text. perfect for a writer and reader.